OK, I know what channel I want, I know what tape I want to use but I have no idea what I need to get for my install. What do I do?
Every Install is different and therefore will require different components to complete. These components are intended to make your install easy and leave you with a nice clean finished product.
OK, so how do I choose my accessories?
Lets go through the types of accessories and explain their purpose and then you will better understand what parts you may need for your install.
Lets start with the Power Supply Accessories and work our way to the Tape.
There are basically two ways you will get your DC power (low voltage) to your strip tape. You will either run your own wire, like a 18/2 gauge wire from the transformer to the tape or you will use pre-made DC cables with male and female ends. That being said here are a few items you may need: POWER ACCESSORIES
- DC Splitter Plugs--a clean way to split power to a number of different tapes or fixtures
- DC bare wire Connector--a clean way to convert low volt power to a bare strip of tape or in-line control device (like a wireless remote for a dimmer)
- Commercial Grade Mini Junction boxes to connect electrical wires that will be inspected for electrical codes
- Large Junction Boxes intended for contractor installations and need to meet codes
- 2-Way, 4-Way and 8-Way Hard wire terminals--a convenient and clean way to split a single power feed to multiple fixtures or tapes using bare wire
- ALL THE ABOVE IN WET LOCATION MODELS IF YOUR INSTALL WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS
Here is a run down of some of the components you may need to connect your tape light to your power supply or if you need to jump from a strip to a strip: TAPE ACCESSORIES
- Every tape has their own system of "quick connectors". These connectors provide a quick and easy way to connect the Tape without soldering your own leads.
- Tape to Tape connectors--are intended to link two pieces of tape back to back (keep in mind, just because you can do this does not mean you can ignore the maximum run that tape is rated for.)
- Tape to Tape Flexible--similar to the Tape to Tape but these typically come in varying lengths to allow you to jump from the end of one section of tape to the beginning of another section of tape that may not be close by.
- Tape Splice Connectors--these types of connectors have the quick connect end to easily connect to your tape but on the other end are bare wires so that you can connect to an 18/2 or 18/4 gauge wire. This is used when you need to go distance further than the Flexible Tape connector may allow. They are also used to connect back to a bare wire feed from a transformer.
- Mini Junction Boxes--clean way to connect bare wires within an enclosure so that you are compliant with any electrical codes
- Various mounting clips to secure and manage your wiring for a clean finished install
Hmmm, so you are saying that most manufactures make easy connectors for me to clip on my tape for whatever installation I am dealing with. Sounds easy enough, what am I missing?
Always keep in mind, every LED tape has a limit to the length it can go with a feed form a power source. Just because you can connect strips forever does not mean they will work. Always refer to the specification sheet on your LED Tape to understand those limits. Also keep in mind that there are limits to the distances from your power source to your LED Tape. All this information is available online from the manufacture.
If you still need help, please contact an Energy Squad professional for assistance.